PLM and authentication

August 20, 2011

News posting on Okta Enterprise Cloud app management drew my attention. Article mentions the interesting area “…Okta’s initial product aims to solve the Cloud identity problem.

Integration to directory service and SSO

I was thinking about PLM and authentication. Traditionally all PLM platforms have attempted to make authentication simpler to user. First step was to integrate with corporate Directory services. This way you can use existing credentials and no hassle of creating passwords for PLM world.

Next step was Single sign on .. Integrating corporate portal and using enterprise SSO portals one more pain was reduced.

Now just login once to portal and access all enterprise applications including PLM without recurring logins.. Of course problem becomes complicated when there are non-browser interfaces such as PLM access from CAD tool or from desktop interfaces.

What next ?

Curious to know what advances are coming in this area ..  When things move to cloud, certainly there would be space for Okta type solutions. However there are few more demands that can come sooner.

Mobile devices ..

How about authentication on mobile devices ?

PLM platforms yet not matured to support mobile for collaboration, simple activities as “approvals” on a black berry can be quite useful feature. One way to resolve this by introducing a middle level framework that seamless ly connects to different enterprise solutions. So a manager can see leave approvals (from ERP) and Drawing approvals (from PLM) listed in same Blackberry interface.

Another thought on same topic is whether ideas such as swiping of badges or scanning bar-codes  will get popular  …. all different methods to improvise Human-machine interface.

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